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Roy Moore and Courtland Sykes

Roy Moore, left, and Courtland Sykes

Roy Moore, who lost his Alabama senate bid after allegations from women of stalking and molestation when they were underage, is endorsing fellow Republican Courtland Sykes, the Missouri U.S. Senate candidate who gained national notoriety for calling feminists “career-obsessed banshees” with “snake-filled heads.”

In a letter last week released by Sykes, Moore calls Sykes “a man of impeccable character, courage and Christian faith.”

But the endorsement seems largely driven by Moore’s contempt for what he calls “political party hypocrisy.” Sykes is seeking Missouri’s Republican Senate nomination against in-party opponents that include state Attorney General Josh Hawley, who is being backed by top GOP officials in Missouri and Washington.

“Our nation continues to struggle with direction in an ever-changing world, while politicians in Washington, D.C., appear content to follow political party leaders, intent on their own agenda and not that of the American people,” Moore wrote. “If you are tired of special interest politicians and liberal news organizations who seek to control us with their ‘fake news,’ then I ask you to vote for Courtland Sykes in the upcoming election for United States Senate.”

Letter of endorsement from former Alabama Senate candidate Roy Moore to Missouri Senate candidate Courtland Sykes.

Moore ends the letter with a call to “make America great again!” That, of course, is a slogan most identified with President Donald Trump, who endorsed Moore in last fall’s Senate race even after the molestation allegations came out, to the dismay of many establish Republicans who kept their distance.

Sykes — who has no political experience, little money and little apparent backing among Missouri Republicans — endorsed and vehemently defended Moore during last year’s Alabama Senate race, calling him “a great American and a legendary patriot who stands up and fights no matter what.”

Late last year, in an explosive Washington Post story, several women alleged that Moore, as a prosecutor in the 1970s, propositioned them when they were in their teens, with one claiming he molested her at 14. The paper also interviewed many others who say Moore’s proclivity for teens at that time was an open secret in his Alabama community.

Despite Trump’s continuing support, Moore went on to lose the Senate race to Democrat Doug Jones, marking the first time in a quarter century that a Democrat has won an Alabama Senate seat.

Sykes last month prompted a flood of outraged national media attention after he reposted an anti-feminist screed that he originally sent to the Post-Dispatch last fall.

“I want to come home to a home cooked dinner at six every night, one that [his fiancée] fixes and one that I expect one day to have daughters learn to fix after they become traditional homemakers and family wives,” Sykes wrote.

“I don’t buy into radical feminism’s crazed definition of modern womanhood ... They made it up to suit their own nasty, snake-filled heads,” he wrote. “I don’t want [future daughters to] grow up into career-obsessed banshees who forgo home life and children and the happiness of family to become nail-biting manophobic hell-bent feminist she-devils.”

Other Republicans seeking the Missouri nomination are Libertarian Austin Petersen and retired Air Force pilot Tony Monetti.

Hawley, despite some controversies of his own, has been the clear front-runner in both money and support. Among Hawley’s endorsers is Trump, who is expected to host a fundraiser for him in St. Louis next month.

The eventual GOP nominee will likely face incumbent U.S. Sen. Claire McCaskill, D-Mo., in the general election. She is viewed as one of the most vulnerable Senate Democrats in the country because Trump won Missouri in 2016 by almost 20 percentage points.

Kevin McDermott is a member of the Post-Dispatch Editorial Board.

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